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Dough (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 29 April 2016 (USA)
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An old Jewish baker struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high.

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John Goldschmidt
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jonathan Pryce ... Nat Dayan
Jerome Holder Jerome Holder ... Ayyash Habimana
Phil Davis ... Sam Cotton (as Philip Davis)
Ian Hart ... Victor Gerrard
Pauline Collins ... Joanna Silverman
Andrew Ellis Andrew Ellis ... Lucas
Malachi Kirby ... Shaun
Natasha Gordon Natasha Gordon ... Safa Habimana
Melanie Freeman Melanie Freeman ... Olivia Dayan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Beckett ... PC O'Neill
Daniel Ben Zenou ... Rabbi
Matt Beveridge Matt Beveridge ... Stoner
Ben Bishop ... PC Marsh
Paul Blackwell Paul Blackwell ... Car driver
Alexander Bracq ... Car Driver
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Storyline

Safa Habimana, a Muslim immigrant in Britain who struggles to make ends meet, hopes that she and her troubled teenage son, Ayyash, will reunite with her husband one day. However, with lots of time on his hands, Ayyash will soon find the police on his doorstep--and as a result--his desperate mother will need to take some drastic measures. So, without delay, Safa sets up an appointment with Nat, her Jewish boss and the neighbourhood's baker, to beg him to take her son as an apprentice. Of course, new beginnings are usually hard at first; but, little by little, as Nat's business starts to flourish thanks to a revolutionary recipe, a strong bond will develop between them. But, do they know that problems are just around the corner? Written by Nick Riganas

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Definitely NOT Kosher See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Viva Films [United Kingdom]

Country:

UK | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mejor receta See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,871, 14 February 2016

Gross USA:

$1,148,304

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,647,429
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Regards sur le Cinéma Européen - Prix du Public - John Goldschmidt - 2016. See more »

Goofs

There is a sign in the bakery that says, "All our goods are baked on premises as yosan". Although the word "yosan" is supposed to be transliteration of a Hebrew word, it is still misspelled. The word is commonly spelled "yoshon", which in Jewish law refers to when certain types of grains are planted and take root in relation to the calendar year. See more »

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Joanna: Race and religion are irrelevant. If you're a dickhead, then you're a dickhead.
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Light-hearted foodie-comedy that preaches tolerance (for religion AND marijuana)
24 July 2016 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Dough" (2015 release from the UK; 94 min.) brings the story of an elderly Jewish baker, Nat Dayan. As the movie opens, Dayan is awakened at 4 am by his clock alarm, and off he goes to his beloved "Dayan & Son" bakery for another long day. Much to his dismay, his assistant unexpectedly gives his notice, and Dayan puts up an "Apprentice Wanted" sign. In a parallel story, we get to know Ayyash, a teenage Muslin boy who recently emigrated to England with his mum from somewhere in Africa. Ayyash is in a bit of trouble due to selling marijuana on the side. His mum pushes Ayyash to apply for the vacant apprenticeship. At this point we're not even 15 min. into the movie, but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this movie is directed by John Goldschmidt, a veteran of mostly British TV work. Here he tackles a light-hearted story about how fate brings together an old Jew and a teenage Muslim, and how wonderful religious tolerance and mutual respect can be, all the while also suggesting that the occasional doughnut or muffin spiked with marijuana may not be such a bad thing either. There is nothing much surprising in the entire movie, but it's all done in a rather pleasant and inoffensive, if at time borderline preachy, way. Jonathan Pryce as the old Jewish Baker brings a fine performance. The boy playing Ayyash has an easy smile on his face, and the chemistry between these two lead characters is obvious. Interesting is that before the movie started, there was a 30 second "introduction" clip by Pauline Collins, who plays the owner of the shop space, to remind us how important religious tolerance is and to enjoy the movie. That was a little weird, I must say.

"Dough" opened without any pre-release fanfare or buzz at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati a number of weeks ago. I wasn't really planning on seeing it, but since it's now been running for so long, I figured I wanted to see for myself why this movie must be doing so well that it's still running after all these weeks. The Sunday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended very nicely, somewhat to my surprise. The crowd absolutely loved the movie, laughing and chuckling at all the right moments. If they keep packing'em in like this, I imagine "Dough" will stay in the theater for a while longer. If you are in the mood for a light-hearted foodie-comedy about a Jewish bakery with marijuana-spiked wares, I might suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.


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